US Immigration update: USCIS Filing Fee Increase Temporarily Blocked. Apply Before Fees Increase.

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On October 1st, 2020, a US Federal Court temporarily stopped the nationwide implementation of USCIS’ increase in fees, which was scheduled to become effective starting October 2, 2020.

Applicants still have a chance to save hundreds of dollars in USCIS fees —before the temporary halt is lifted.

To save on USCIS fees:

  1. Complete your N-400 or I-765 Form today
  2. Send your application package to USCIS as soon as possible

These 2 steps allow applicants to take advantage of current USCIS fees before they experience a dramatic increase —which is currently on hold.

Waiting to submit immigration forms will cost applicants hundreds of dollars more once the halt in USCIS fee increases is lifted. USCIS is likely to appeal to the 9th Circuit Court to get the fee increases pushed through.

USCIS Deputy Director of Policy Joseph Edlow issued a response to the temporary block stating that USCIS was “underfunded by millions of dollars each business day the fee rule is enjoined” and that “current fees do not recover the cost of providing adjudication and naturalization services”.

This statement clearly indicates that the USCIS fee increase will come into effect sooner rather than later and makes applying now the only way to secure the current fees.

Immigration Form Current fees Fees after increase halt is lifted Savings when you apply today
N-400 US Citizenship $640 $1,170 $530
I-765 EAD $410 $550 $140

Family-Based Green Card for Child - I-130 Form

You have to prove that there is a family relationship between you and your child or children you are sponsoring. You will have to show U.S. immigration officials clear, credible, and understandable evidence of your familial relationship. The process varies depending on whether you (the sponsor) is a US citizen or a Green Card holder.

Family-Based Green Card for Child Requirements

For immigration purposes, a child is defined as being unmarried and under 21, whereas if a person is married and/or over 21, that person is defined as a son or daughter.

If you are a U.S. Citizen, you may petition on behalf of your:

  • Children (unmarried and under 21)
  • Unmarried sons and daughters (21 or over)
  • Married sons and daughters (any age)

If you are a Legal Permanent Resident, you may petition on behalf of your:

  • Children (unmarried and under 21)
  • Unmarried sons and daughters (21 or over)

Family-Based Green Card for Child Application Process

Children of U.S. Citizens are considered immediate relatives, once Form I-130 is accepted, a visa number becomes immediately available, which means that there is no waiting period between the time you submit your application and your child getting a visa number.

Unmarried children (over the age of 21), and married sons and daughters (any age) of U.S. citizens, and unmarried children (any age) of Legal Permanent Residents will have to wait for their application to be accepted for their visa numbers to become available. When their priority date becomes current, and a visa number is available, they will have to apply to adjust their status to permanent resident if they are already living in the US; or apply for an immigration visa if they are living outside the US.

Family-Based Green Card for Child Evidence

To correctly sponsor your child, you must also provide evidence of your U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency.

Documents that can prove your US Citizenship:

  • Birth certificate
  • Naturalization certificate or certificate of citizenship
  • Form FS-240, Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States
  • Valid US passport
  • Original statement from US consular officer verifying your citizenship

Documents that can prove Permanent Residency:

  • A copy of your permanent resident card (front and back)
  • A copy of the biographic page of your passport (with your name, photo and expiration date clearly visible)
  • A copy of your I-94 card

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